PHOTOGRAPHY II CLASS
1. Shoot whatever you like, but experiment with spot metering and evaluative/matrix metering.
Spot metering is best for:
– Backlit subjects when you want to see detail on subject
- When subject is against dark or light background
– When you can lock exposure on something in the scene that is neutral grey, then re-compose
2. Experiment with bracketing. Read your manual on how to use auto bracketing or use exposure compensation to manually bracket.
3. Use dodge and burn to make local brightness adjustments in some photos. Use the Adjsutment Brush in Lightroom or Adobe Camera raw, or use the Dodge & Burn tool in Photoshop. If using the latter, create a separate layer for your dodging and burning, and remember to sSet exposure to less than 10.
Bring to 10-12 pictures to class on a flash drive. Include some before-and-after shots with our dodge-and-burn images.
Finally, here’s a short video that illustrates how our preconceptions can affect the images we make.
For your homework, experiment with wide angle and telephoto shots. Try a wide angle with a major foreground element. See if you can produce examples of expansion and compression.
Try Back Button Focusing.
Check out this example of using compression for effect from the film Tinker tailor Soldier Spy:
- Find a subject and produce 10 different pictures using it.
- Create a series of abstract images (you decide how to define “abstract”) using the elements of design as a way to organize your image. Experiment with lines, focal point, textures, etc. Some subjects to try might include peeling paint on an old building, pebbles, close-up of a cabbage or other fruit/vegetable, a pile of leaves or grass. Try panning, super slow shutter speed, shallow depth of field. Just have fun shooting strange things.
Try to produce images that express emotion, mood, story – something. It doesn’t have to be explicit – happiness, sadness, etc. – but should evoke a response in the viewer. Think about lighting for mood, texture (hard/coarse for tense or soft/smooth for relaxed) etc., stormy weather, etc.
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